Your Paleo meal prep will be easier than ever if you keep some of these basic Paleo ingredients on hand in your pantry. Load up on fresh fruits, veggies, and meat, plus a few Paleo pantry staples you'll definitely want in your cupboards.
Following a Paleo diet is all about eating fresh and avoiding processed foods. If you're trying to keep more Paleo ingredients on hand in your kitchen, now is the perfect time to clean out your refrigerator and pantry to make room for fresh fruits, veggies, meats, and more!
Stock up on fresh and dried fruit—the Paleo diet includes all kinds of fruits. If you're buying dried fruits, be sure to choose no-sugar-added, unsulfured brands. Also, stick to only fruit-juice-sweetened dried cranberries and tart cherries, unless you're buying them fresh, of course.
When buying fresh vegetables and herbs, there are only three to avoid: corn, white potatoes, and peas (including sugar snap peas and snow peas). Otherwise, you're free to load up your plate with whatever fresh veggies you choose. All dried herbs are OK, too—just make sure to avoid spice blends with additives and preservatives.
Don't worry: You don't have to limit yourself to fruits and veggies. Meat is also a big part of many Paleo recipes. Stock up on any cuts of beef, bison, pork, chicken, and turkey—and don't forget the eggs! If you're buying beef, keep in mind that grass-fed is best, but not a necessity.
With the exception of tilapia, you can stock up on any seafood you want! Make a few classic salmon or shrimp recipes, or be more daring and give clams or mussels a try.
Don't forget condiments! Keep classic condiments like ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, fish sauce, and vinegar (except for rice vinegar) on your shelf. Just make sure they're preservative-free with no added sugar.
Eating Paleo foods doesn't mean you have to give up sugar entirely. Just use natural sweeteners instead, and enjoy them in moderation. Try sweetening your Paleo desserts with honey, agave, or pure maple syrup.
You don't have to limit yourself to fresh ingredients only. Keep some of these Paleo snacks and canned goods on hand to help make your meals complete.